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How to Use Creative Expression in Grief Groups

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In this webinar, participants will learn how to start and implement a grief group centered around creative expression. Participants will be walked through the initial considerations, setup, curriculum, materials and cleanup, group priming activities, discussion questions, and self-care.

This course is based on the recorded webinar, How to Use Creative Expression in Grief Groups created by Helena Hilinga Haas, MA and Annie McCall, MA, LMHC in 0.

Publication Date:

July 26th, 2016

Course Material Authors

Helena Hilinga Haas, MA

Helena is a licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist. She graduated from The George Washington University in D.C. with a Mater’s degree in art therapy. Currently, Helena works as an art therapist at Seattle Children’s Hospital. There, she works with children aged 3 to 21 who are suffering from chronic and/or life threatening illnesses. Helena has worked with diverse populations throughout her career including older adults with Dementia and stroke recovery patients, inner city youth with multiple psychosocial stressors and challenges and young students suffering from anxiety and newly diagnosed learning disabilities. Helena also has a small private practice. For several years Helena served on the Art with Heart board. In 2013, she volunteered for the organization to conduct grief and loss workshops for students and adults who were impacted by the Sandy Hook shooting. When time allows, Helena enjoys creating art using found objects and mixed media to create little treasures.

Annie McCall, MA, LMHC

ANNIE McCALL, MA, LMHC, joined Art with Heart as a Trainer in 2005, teaching school counselors how to use Chill & Spill in group settings and as a tool for managing school crisis. She is a contributor to the Therapist’s Companion to Chill & Spill. Annie has a private practice providing behavior therapy to adolescents, adults, and families. She specializes in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Prolonged Exposure treatment of trauma. Prior to studying psychology, Annie taught high school English, which forever solidified her love and respect for teenagers.

Course Creator

Tyler Gibson

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially psychologists, counselors and social workers. It is appropriate for all levels of participants.

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss principles of using creative expression to help grieving youth.

  2. Plan a curriculum that considers target population, therapeutic goals, group size, time, and resources.

  3. Discuss the tactical steps to implementing a creative expression session, including the importance of group guidelines, priming,skill instruction, and discussion.

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Course Retired
Course Number 102212
1.5 credit hour
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  • Recorded Webinar
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